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Moral Exemplars in the Analects: The Good Person is That by Amy Olberding (review)

Moral Exemplars in the Analects: The Good Person is That by Amy Olberding (review) spectrum of connotations, and its ethical dimensions. He has shown that despite the differences in their vocabulary, early Muslim thinkers from different fields, be they religion, philosophy, or lexicology, shared their perception of both the epistemological and practical dimensions of ikma. Thus, the book provides a valuable resource for those interested in Islamic intellectual thought. Moral Exemplars in the Analects: The Good Person is That. By Amy Olberding. New York: Routledge, 2012. Pp. x + 232. Hardcover $125.00, isbn 9780415897051. Reviewed by Michael Ing Indiana University ming@indiana.edu In Moral Exemplars in the Analects, Amy Olberding offers a self-reflexive and thought-provoking interpretation of the Analects. Scholars of China will find her book valuable in that it provides a holistic reading of the Analects that preserves the tensions in the text. Ethicists will find it valuable in that it furthers discussion on the role of emulating paradigmatic figures in moral development. Olberding characterizes her project as an attempt to "discern a governing logic that renders the Analects' compelling moral sensibility intelligible as moral theory" (p. 1). The difficulty of interpreting the Analects, Olberding explains, is that the text does not offer an explicit moral theory. Instead it reads more like http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Moral Exemplars in the Analects: The Good Person is That by Amy Olberding (review)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 63 (3) – Jul 17, 2013

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spectrum of connotations, and its ethical dimensions. He has shown that despite the differences in their vocabulary, early Muslim thinkers from different fields, be they religion, philosophy, or lexicology, shared their perception of both the epistemological and practical dimensions of ikma. Thus, the book provides a valuable resource for those interested in Islamic intellectual thought. Moral Exemplars in the Analects: The Good Person is That. By Amy Olberding. New York: Routledge, 2012. Pp. x + 232. Hardcover $125.00, isbn 9780415897051. Reviewed by Michael Ing Indiana University ming@indiana.edu In Moral Exemplars in the Analects, Amy Olberding offers a self-reflexive and thought-provoking interpretation of the Analects. Scholars of China will find her book valuable in that it provides a holistic reading of the Analects that preserves the tensions in the text. Ethicists will find it valuable in that it furthers discussion on the role of emulating paradigmatic figures in moral development. Olberding characterizes her project as an attempt to "discern a governing logic that renders the Analects' compelling moral sensibility intelligible as moral theory" (p. 1). The difficulty of interpreting the Analects, Olberding explains, is that the text does not offer an explicit moral theory. Instead it reads more like

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Published: Jul 17, 2013

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